By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta State Polytechnic in Oghara, in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state has suspended four of its students who were allegedly caught with firearms last Sunday during robbery operation in the area.
In a statement signed by the Polytechnic Registrar, Benson Omonode, a copy made available to journalists in Asaba on Monday, stated: “the following students have been suspended indefinitely from the institution: Chucks Chukwudi, Mechanical Engineering, Kingsley Oghenevo, Electrical Engineering, Michael Sogbe, Industrial Maintenance Engineering, and Ejiro Oghenevo, Business Administration and Management”, adding that the four students were caught with guns by security agents recently.
It was gathered that the suspects currently in the police net at the Delta State Police Command were arrested during a routine stop and search operation by the police following intelligence gathering in Oghara community.
But Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovughkpoyaga, who confirmed the arrest of the students, disclosed that they were arrested by the Anti-Crime Police Officers attached to Oghara Police Division, adding that upon search by the Police officers, they recovered arms from the students.
“The Police are investigating the sources of the arms by students and they are being detained at the State CID for further investigation”, DSP Onome Onovughkpoyaga disclosed.
Sources said that the police in Oghara Police Division had earlier this year arrested some persons who claimed to be students of Delta State Polytechnic Oghara with arms after they allegedly robbed a prominent businessman in the area, but Omonode, the Polytechnic Registrar, dispelled this claim as untrue, saying that the suspects were identified as non-students of the institution during police parade of criminal suspects.